Friday, 5 October 2012

Budding interest

Let's be blunt. In the past, only old people liked orchids. Times have changed. A West Country teacher, no doubt bitten by the orchidmania bug, has inspired his young pupils to achieve great things.

Check out a genuinely inspirational article on how orchids and the next generation can change the world.

The Writhlington School orchid project in Radstock is a delightful example, not just about botany, but about encouraging pupils to think globally. Thanks to an orchid project developed by teacher Simon Pugh-Jones, the school has links to the Indian Himalayan state of Sikkim, Laos in South East Asia, South Africa and Rwanda.

Better still, the school is to host to an international gathering of orchid experts at British Orchid Congress at the school later this month. Impressive.


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